CONTROL and STEAL a playing card like a BOSS!!


– Yo yo yo, what’s goin’ on everybody? Alex Pandrea, back in action. I’m so sorry for the delay in videos. I know you guys that have subscribed to the channel have been waiting. I did put a little
video up a few days ago, but nonetheless, I know you guys want to learn sleights and theory and tricks and things like that, so we’re going to go straight into it without further adieu. Today we are talking about one of my favorite controls to do. Now it’s a control to the bottom, and we’re going to learn
a way to steal it out. Now, it’s very, very
important at least for me to be able to have control
of the card with a convincer that the card is still
in the middle of the deck and all eyes are on, the
spectator’s eyes are on where they think the card
is and you’re far ahead, you have the card palmed-out, you could put it in your pocket, you could slip it to somebody
else, many things like that. The control really that
I’m going to teach you is something that I actually did release. So this is something that I’m
giving back to the community and I’m giving it for
free here on YouTube. So without further adieu,
let’s get into the control, the steal, and everything
you need to know about it. All right, so this is how it looks. You have a card touched and selected. So in this case, it’s the six of hearts. You leave the six of hearts
about center of the deck, and you can place the deck down
on the table at this point. You are far ahead of the game, my friends. So that’s the bottom control in itself. Now you can add that
with something like this, where you show the eight,
place it about center, and now give it out to
the spectator to push in or shuffle, or do anything like that. And again, you are way ahead this time stealing out the card from
the center of the deck. So this is my version of
Dan and Dave’s version of the Convincing Control. Back in the day Ed Marlo
published a Convincing Control, this is what he named it, where
a card is touched, selected, and you are actually going to
show that card just like this, come down, and move it
forward as you spread the rest of the deck, and then that’s how you are going to get the bottom control. This is a version that goes
great, you can certainly use it. But I just didn’t like
the fact that you had to from this point after showing, come down and then do the switch at that point. Dan and Dave had a
very, very good version, and I believe it was
on, if I’m not mistaken, either The Trilogy or
Andthensome, their DVD. But it looked like this,
there’s the King of Diamonds, and you leave it sticking
out about halfway, and the card is controlled to
the bottom, very, very nice. If you are interested in that, it’s called the DMB Spread Control. But for my version, and I published this with Dan and Dave as a download with many other things on there, so if you’re interested
in the full download, it’s called the AP Spread Control. It looks like this, Queen of Clubs, and you leave it sticking out, and you’re there with the Queen
of Clubs being controlled. First and foremost, you’re
gonna need a card selected, so you’re gonna either spread the cards and have a card selected
or just have one touched, and you can show it, just like this. But you’re gonna need to
get into this final position where the card is either
returned to the pack or touched and out jogged
so that you can show the card just like this at this position. Tight spread over here, and
you want it aligned like this. You don’t want it in any sort of angle or a fan-type, you don’t want that. You’re gonna want to spread,
have the card returned back as you place it into this position or have a card touched, move it out jogged as you take it into this position. So either way this is the
position that it’s going to be in. And I’ll show you the
fingering right here. It’s going to be aligned on
this side, just like this, with the rest of the cards,
with the fan of the cards. As you come up, you’re
gonna show the card, you’re gonna put your three fingers, the first finger, the middle
finger, and the ring finger, on the actual selection. It’s important that all three are there. Now the pinky is going to be aligned with the bottom of the deck. That’s also important
because when you’re gonna do the action of pulling this down, you want everything to
be aligned at this point and that’s going to help
with the pinky being here. As this comes down, the
pinky helps align the cards. Now the left hand is going to do something at the same time and
it’s going to look like you’re taking this card off the top. As you come down, you’re going to take the card with the left thumb. So as you come down, you take
the card with the left thumb and you’re basically switching it for the card that’s gonna be
in the left hand top packet. This way this works is as follows. Outjog the card, do the move,
the alignment over here, the pinky is here, the
three fingers are here. As you show the card to everybody, you show it and as this is happening you’re gonna get a little break, just a little bit of a break
right there in the left hand. This is important, because
if you don’t get the break and you do this possibly more
than one card will come off. You don’t want that, you
just want the one card. So I show the card as I get the break, maybe I come down so you
don’t see this action, or you could do a pinky
count, doesn’t matter. But this should be hidden, this should be to the side anyway. So you Outjog, everybody see the card, remember it, there, and I just did it. Now it’s about the timing,
I’m gonna come down, (whistles) just like this, and as I come down, my left thumb comes up and I’m gonna stroke the
card, yeah, just like that, you’re gonna stroke it,
and it’s gonna come off. At this moment, when it’s
just about eye level, you see how this is pointing
directly at their eyes so they could see just the
flatness of the surface, right there, boom, right there. This is when you’re
going to take the card, your left thumb kicks
this out, just like this, it’s gonna literally just
kick it out like that. Your thumb is gonna come off of it. What’s gonna stop this from moving down is this packet is gonna go on top of it. The right hand packet is
gonna go on top of it. But you also have to, at the same time, move this down, just like this,
as you’re taking the card. So show the card, show it, get the break, as I come eye level, as I do this, I’m going to take the card,
move this out, move this down. So it’s gonna look like that. And it should be a very free motion. I like this version because of the way that you’re acting with the
hands and it works for me because all the time I talk
and I gesture with the hands, I point, I do this, and it works. So you show the card, go ahead
and you actually push it in. Now at this point you tell the spectator to keep their eyes on their card, and as you go to square everything up, your right hand coast or
moves the selected card to the right, your right. As you keep spreading with the left hand and this is gonna go to
the bottom of the deck, just like that. Now once you have it at
the bottom of the deck, you’ve controlled it
successfully to the bottom, you can stop right there and
have them push the card in or you can actually do
this, but I like to give it to the spectators to push it in, so we know it’s there, and
you’re way ahead of them. What I like to do because
this is a nice convincer and you’re so far ahead is
I like to palm off the card, and this is one of my
favorite things palms to use. My favorite palm is
the Diagonal Palm Shift because I can do it from
the top, from the middle, from the second to the
top, third from the top, it really doesn’t matter,
I can use that control. But once that card is on the bottom, a very, very nice control
is to do a Gambler’s Cop. So let’s learn this
before we put it together with the actual control
with the Cop at the end. All you have to do for this, and I think it’s the easiest control because a Top Palm there’s
a lot that goes into it. A Diagonal Palm Shift, let’s
not even start with that. This is the easiest because there’s only one finger motion in
this and the rest is done by itself in an automatic,
in a natural motion of putting the deck down or
something to that extent. This is how it works, the
card is on the bottom. You’re going to want to before, if you want to just palm off the card, pick up the deck for a
second in the right hand so you can readjust the position. You’re going to need to readjust from here to here so that the middle finger touches the pip of the bottom card just like that. All the middle finger’s gonna do and, again, the easiest
way to do it I think is to just pick it up in the right hand as you gesture and you say
something, and as you come back, you place it into that exact position. Now the way that I like to do it is to move the deck
forward as I do the palm. I move the deck forward as I do the palm, and the palm, all it consists of is the middle finger doing this. All it’s doing is it’s just doing this. Once it bends, it’ll go naturally between the base of the first finger and the middle finger,
so something like that, that’s the position of the card. So here, place, move the deck forward and you’re already halfway done. At this point, you can
go ahead table the deck, give the deck to the spectator, spread, doesn’t matter, and you
have the card palmed. Let’s put it all together now,
the control with the palm. Nine of Diamonds will be the card. I’ll leave it sticking out about halfway. I don’t know exactly where
the card is but go ahead and push it in and
you’ve stole the card out from the very beginning. They think it’s here, you are way ahead and now you can actually
slip it into the back pocket, as you spread the cards on the table or give it to them to push it in and tell them to cut the deck, as you lean back, I usually
put this in my back pocket if I want them to further
shuffle the deck or whatever. If I’m sitting like now I would place it on my knee or under my knee and squeeze if there’s people around
that could see down. Either way, this is up to you
of what you do with the card. You could even just hold
it out as they push it in, give it a quick shuffle,
and then as you go back, you could place it on the bottom. The options right now,
they’re pretty much endless of what you can do with it. You could slip it to a friend and say, “Look, don’t push it in just yet. “We know that the card is there “so I can’t do anything with it.” You slip it to a friend. When I was very young,
I used to be obsessed with giving my friend the signed card and they’d put it in an empty water bottle or a coke bottle or something like this. Use your imagination on
what you can do with that. Okay, there you have it. That is the AP Spread Control, along with copping out the card and palming off the card at the end. I think it’s very important
to have these subtleties of convincers in our card magic. I did make a recent Instagram
post about convincers and how we can do the smallest
little things to give value. In this control, it
would not have any value, it would not be convincing as a control to be way ahead of the game
if the card wasn’t outjogged. And you can see things in
like the DMB Spread Control, which is very similar,
and also I have a control called Top, it’s a version
of the Turnover Pass, which kicks out the convincer card as you’re doing the Turnover Pass. And those little things
I think, the subtleties are very important,
especially when you give it to the spectator and the
spectator has control. ‘Cause when the spectator has control and they push it in, and
sometimes I do something like push it in, and they push it in, and I go, “But not all the
way,” as a little joke, and then I go, “Oh, you
did push it in all the way. “All right, well, I mean
let’s try it anyway. “It doesn’t matter if
I get it wrong, right?” And you do things like this where, again, little small things to
convince them even more that the card is lost, and
actually lost in the pack that they shuffle, they
push it in, they shuffle, but at this time the card is
in your back pocket already. So take that into mind,
learn this control. Another thing that I didn’t show you here, but I’d give you something to practice, is to do the exact same
thing, not as a control, but as a switch to the table. I do this in my lectures all the time. It’s very nice where you show the card and you throw it in the
mix (whistle) tossing and a swirl action as it goes
flying off into the table, but you’ve actually switched
it for another card. I’m gonna leave your imagination to wander on how that would look
and how you can do that. It’s with everything that I’ve taught you. Enjoy the control, use it and come up with your own subtleties,
and definitely use the Cop at the end because the Cop is one of the best, best palms that I use. It’s so nice because it’s just clean. And in card magic, my final
thought for this video, is that you want everything to be clean. You don’t want to jitter
around or jumble the cards where it looks confusing
for the spectator. This is why this is
one of my best controls ’cause you show it, you take the card, you say, “Look, go ahead, push it in,” and that’s a clean convincing control. Enjoy that, guys, and now that I’m back, do tell your friends that
there’s more videos coming. Share this if you can
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the video, that helps. Comment below if you
have your own subtleties, and we really want to
make this a community of efforts from different people, so do that, and I will see
you guys in the next video. Thanks so much and have a great day.

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100 thoughts on “CONTROL and STEAL a playing card like a BOSS!!

  1. I'm having trouble with getting my pinky where it needs to, as well as my other three fingers gripping the cars properly, without messing up the spread and having the card out jogged enough. Anyone have any tips on the grip?

  2. Alex you're one of the hidden gems of the internet. I wish you were more popular — you've helped me and tons other people get better at their passion. Thanks!

  3. Thank you so much for this great tutorial you're amazing at teaching!!! You should have so many more subs, it's crazy how little you have but how good and helpful your channel is, I love u.

  4. Honestly, I love Marlowe's original. It's super clean, it's super easy, and it's never failed me. The palming off is a great addition though, my palming definitely needs practice, thanks for the tutorial.

  5. your a really great magician but i think the reason you arent going as big as you should be is because you make it really hard to follow. IDK if this is just me but the stuff your teaching is going to take hours and isnt something simple. Maybe you could help with that by making steps and clearly indicating what is happening with short clips to demonstrate each step. love the work tho

  6. Watching these videos make me so happy! It’s insane how smooth controls like this can be. Also, unlike other card controls, this one doesn’t rely on perfect angles.

  7. what s the best bicycle cards for magic?… i know there are few types … i got few standard once but seems they r not great…

  8. Hi Alex. Thank you for that great tutorial. I already knew the "normal" version of that control and the palming move cause it's similar to the bottom deal move. But all in all your version is so much subtle and more interesting to perform that I again learned very much out of it. The only thing I find is that it looks kind of awkward that the outjogged card, showing to the spectator, reveals another card inn the lower section under it. I would get very suspicious about such a sight… But I think the usual spectator won't think that anything is wrong with that?

    Anyway, I can't tell how much I appreciate that you are sharing your knowledge and thoughts with us here.

    Is the NOC deck much better inn performance than a standard Bicycle deck? Have a great Christmas time. Cheers.

  9. Gee thanks man. Your work is great. I repeat what I've read on some other comments : I can't believe this is free. Thanks for your work.
    I do however think your intros are a little long. Perhaps you can add the minute where you actually start the tutorial? Just a thought. Great vid. ✌️

  10. Hey Alex, i regret not meeting you when you came to the Philippines before.
    Nevertheless, i have been one to regularly watch your vids and actually learn from your tutorials. You have a way of turning the most complex and knuckle-busting sleights easily within the reach of unprofessionals like me.
    Thank you lots for sharing these gems of magical sleights. CHEERS! ! !

  11. Hey alex ! I am beginner in magic trick …
    Please reply me which card deck is helpful for magic ..
    (1)Bicycle Standard
    Or
    (2)Bicycle rider pack
    ?

    Also tell us which card deck u r using ?

    Must reply …
    Its Very helpful for us..

    Thanks

  12. Great tutorial! I have a question though. Around 7:00/7:05, how do you move the card to the right (for me to the left) while maintaining the spread at the same time? Every time I try pulling the card to the left, I more or less end up squaring up the spread/package.

  13. Amazing tutorial. Even after learning how you did it, I still cannot see you pulling the card to the bottom. I can't even see a flinch. Amazing.

  14. My cards suck and hardly even slide so I’m having a hard time practice this. Which deck would you recommend for magic?

  15. Magicians always spend so little time on the hard part of the trick in the tutorials. There's like 3 seconds of video that allow you the hard part.

  16. Hey Alex, I am a noobie to your channel (and loving it) and I have a question for you that has been bothering me for some time. I'm gonna give you my email address ('cause I don't know better) – [email protected] – in case you have time to reply to this question (hey, you're a busy man):

    What can you do about dry hands?

    I HATE lotions and potions, all they do is stick to the cards and render a deck instant scrap. UNLESS…you know of a particular brand/type that doesn't? I am an old guy (57) and my hands are so dry I could like a match (or say dry twigs) with them. To hell with the match, my hands are so dry I could start a fire just rubbing them together.

    In addition to my unimaginably-advanced age, and concomitantly dry skin, I also play wheelchair tennis and that just DESTROYS the skin on your fingers and palms. My hands are basically like someone's feet, who walks miles on pavement daily. Barefoot. Enough said, I await any cogent response from yourself or anyone else who has read this far and has what they think is useful information, tips, an effective prayer, etc. Thank you.

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